The 49th State’s defense force: key ally for AKNG in fight against COVID-19
April 13, 2020
Members of the Alaska State Defense Force and Alaska Army National Guard Soldiers set up tables to screen incoming travelers before coming into Alaska at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, Apr. 6, 2020. "It's great to work alongside the folks at the ASDF," said Pfc. Connor Sheehan, an AKARNG signal specialist. "The prior service connection has definitely made for a positive experience for me, and it's great to be out here helping people who need it." (Courtesy photo)

Amid COVID-19 pandemic, Alaska Army National Guard’s 1-297th Infantry returns from Kosovo deployment
April 6, 2020
Sgt. Daniel Pau, a Soldier assigned to 1st Battalion, 297th Infantry Regiment, Alaska Army National Guard kisses his baby boy for the first time at Ted Steven Anchorage International Airport Apr. 4, 2020. Pau had just returned from a 9 month deployment to Kosovo for a NATO peacekeeping mission. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Seth LaCount/Released)

Alaska National Guard Biathlon Team shines during 2020 season
April 6, 2020
The Alaska National Guard women’s team, from the left, Staff Sgt. Heather Percy, Chief Warrant Officer Five Tracy Dooley. Maj. Bonnie Wickham, Capt. Julie Kane, and 1st Sgt. Angela Horn, pose for a photo during the 2020 Chief, National Guard Bureau Biathlon Championships, Feb. 28-March 5, at the Soldier Hollow Nordic Center, in Midway, Utah.

Alaska Army Guard helps rescue Iditarod mushers after hitting seawater overflow
March 20, 2020
An Alaska Army National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter aircrew performed a search and rescue mission for three Iditarod mushers about 25 miles east of Nome, March 20, 2020. The mushers and their dogs went through Bering Sea flood waters on the race trail and were wet and freezing. The aircrew transported two firefighter emergency medical technicians and Iditarod dog handlers to assist. The mushers were flown to Nome and transported to a local hospital. A local search and rescue team helped race dog handlers care for the sled team and returned them to Nome. (Courtesy photo)

Army Guardsman’s first Alaska exercise brings him to the top of the world in support of Arctic Eagle 2020
March 12, 2020
U.S. Army Warrant Officer 1 Amanda Lopez, a pilot with the 2nd Battalion, 211th Aviation Regiment, prepares for take-off to Deadhorse, Alaska, in a CH-47 Chinook on Feb. 24, 2020, at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. The Alaska National Guard is hosting Exercise Arctic Eagle 2020, a joint-training exercise, Feb. 20 to March 6, 2020 throughout Alaska, including Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Eielson Air Force Base, Fort Wainwright, the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta and as far north as Teshekpuk Lake. As a homeland security and emergency response exercise, Arctic Eagle 20 is designed to increase the National Guard’s ability and effectiveness to operate in the extreme cold-weather conditions found in Arctic environments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Amy Picard)

Alaska National Guard’s exercise Arctic Eagle 2020 wraps up
March 12, 2020
Captain Jason Grupp assists in building a polar chief arctic weather shelter as part of the ski way construction team during Air National Guard exercise Arctic Eagle

(U.S. Air National Guard photo by Technical Sergeant Jamie Spaulding/released)

Innovators in cold-weather technology integrate with participants at Arctic Eagle 2020
March 5, 2020
A joint search and extraction mission within a helicopter crash scenario was conducted on Fort Wainwright, Alaska, Feb. 23, as part of Arctic Eagle 2020. Arctic Eagle is a statewide exercise involving national, state and local agencies designed to provide opportunities for participants to conduct sustained operations in the extreme cold-weather conditions found in arctic environments. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Spc. Grace Nechanicky)

Alaska Army Guard medic participates in Arctic Eagle 2020
February 29, 2020
Alaska Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Conner, a member of the 297th Infantry Battalion medical platoon, poses for a photo. Conner has been an Army Guard medic since 2010, and has worked as a firefighter for about 30 years. His current position is fire chief at Ester Volunteer Fire Department. (Courtesy photo)